Wonderfully thin and delicate, crepes are a canvas for so many recipes. Whether you want something sweet or savory (or both!), these filling and topping ideas for your crepes will certainly spike up your taste buds!
Peaches and Cream
This is such a dreamy classic recipe! Crepes that are filled with fluffy whipped cream and fresh, juicy sweet peaches are perfectly delicate and tender for your appetite. The highlight of this recipe is the peach filling: place sliced peaches in a mixing bowl along with lemon juice and sugar and gently toss to evenly coat.
Next, prepare your cream by whipping heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. In a separate mixing bowl, whip cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes then blend in powdered sugar followed by vanilla. Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. To assemble the crepes, fill each crepe with peach filling, wrap, and top with cream topping, then dust with powdered sugar.
Pumpkin with Cinnamon
What are the chances that you still have leftover pumpkin puree from the recent Thanksgiving? You can use that for a crepe filling that will remind you of warmth and holidays. To make this deliciously sweet filling, pour heavy cream into a medium bowl. Beat just until stiff peaks begin to form. In a small bowl, combine mascarpone, sugar, cinnamon and that leftover pumpkin puree. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone until combined.
Place about 1/4 cup of the mascarpone cream across the center of a cooled crepe. Roll up the crepe and repeat with remaining crepes and filling.
Steak + Spinach + Mushroom
Here's a simple savory combination that's a whole different ball game from how you typically eat your steak. Steak and crepes? Who would have thought?! For this idea, you'll need your favorite steak cooked through your favorite method--grill it or sear the steak on the stove, it's all up to you. When they're ready, slice them up into 1/4 inch strips.
To go with your steak, prepare the mushrooms and spinach. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and toss in the mushrooms in a single layer. Instead of stirring them, let them sizzle until they have caramelized on the bottom. After that, toss them once and add the spinach, then continue cooking until the spinach begins to wilt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add balsamic vinegar, and simmer until the mushrooms have soaked up all remaining vinegar.
To assemble, layer a crepe flat on a plate and sprinkle on the spinach and mushrooms. Add a few slices of steak and a sprinkle of blue cheese. Fold the crepe up into triangles or little burritos. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and add a dollop of blue cheese butter if desired. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Got leftover rotisserie chicken? Don't put them to waste; they're actually great to go with your crepe as fantastic fillings. To get started, cook mushrooms in butter for about a minute, then add onions and garlic. Next, add vinegar and dry sherry. Stir to distribute and cook until the sharp smell of alcohol burns off and the liquid reduces by half. Add cream cheese next, coaxing it to melt for about 30 seconds. Stir in the chicken broth (any juices in the bottom of the rotisserie chicken container) and heavy cream. When hot, add spinach and make sure it's coated with cream sauce.
Once completely wilted, add 6 ounces of the cheese and stir. Add the Worcestershire sauce, pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper. Finally, add the shredded chicken and stir to coat. Visually divide the filling into 8 and spoon about 1/3 cup of the filling onto your crepes, then roll like a burrito.
BONUS: SWEET AND SAVORY
We know Monte Cristo sandwiches but have you heard of Monte Cristo crepes? Start with a basic crepe recipe, then roll them up with a slice of cheese, ham and turkey. Then sprinkle on the powdered sugar and drizzle them with raspberry jam, or simply serve the raspberry jam on the side for dipping.
How are you making the perfect crepes?
We can all agree that crepes are versatile, delicious, and just the perfect additional treat for any meal. While we have all these good things to say about crepes, it IS quite tricky to perfect them in cooking. Their delicate nature truly gives them an air of difficulty, but as long as you have the perfect tool, you're on the right track.
This Electric Crepe Maker from StarBlue makes crepe-making a quick and easy task! Pour your favorite batter on its non-stick surface, spread it evenly using the free spreader, and flip it to the other side using a custom spatula! It features advanced heating technology to assure you evenly-cooked crepes each time! You're going to love this addition to your kitchen!
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